Selcuk Acar is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. He joined UNT in 2020 following seven years of teaching and research at the International Center for Studies in Creativity of SUNY Buffalo State. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, concentrating on Gifted and Creative Education. He holds his M.A. from Istanbul University in Gifted Education and B.A. in Educational Sciences from Bogazici University. His primary research focus includes divergent thinking, assessment of creativity, creative leadership, and identification of the gifted and talented. In his dissertation titled “Empirical Studies in Divergent Thinking,” he explored novel methods of quantifying and scoring responses given to divergent thinking tasks.
Dr. Acar published some of his articles in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Creativity Research Journal, Thinking Skills and Creativity, and Journal of Creative Behavior. He also contributed to several major outlets such as Cambridge Handbook of Creativity and the Encyclopedia of Creativity. His methodological focus is quantitative and uses meta-analysis and multilevel modeling in his work. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Creative Behavior. He was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership of American Creativity Association. He is also a recipient of Doctoral Level Completed Research Award and Dissertation Award both granted by the National Association for Gifted Children.